The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Itse Sagay, who was speaking on behalf of the Presidency, stated that any Minister who publicly disagrees with Osinbajo, risks being sacked for insubordination.
Sagay said this in a statement on Thursday, while reacting to a statement made by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, over the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Chairman.
He stated that the opinion of the President or Acting President was final, and he has the constitutional powers to do so.
“The Executive Council of the Federation, also known as FEC, cannot have view
s that are separate or different from those of the President, or where applicable, the Acting President; otherwise, that will constitute gross insubordination, and misconduct that can lead to dismissal.
“Therefore, the slant being given to the statement of the Attorney General of the Federation, namely; that the Executive Council of the Federation is entitled to meet, in order to express an opinion or view on a matter on which the President or Acting President has already expressed his views or opinions, is wrong, misleading, and totally unconstitutional”, Sagay said.
Recall, that Malami had taken a different stance from Osinbajo on Magu’s appointment, adding that, the Acting President’s claim that the Senate had no powers to confirm certain nominations by the Presidency, is his personal view.
In an interview with State House Correspondents, Malami said Osinbajo’s statement that Magu did not need the Senate’s confirmation, was a personal opinion, and not that of the Federal Executive Council.